A Norfolk doctor found a treatment for sepsis. Now he's trying to get the ICU world to listen.
The patient was dying.
Valerie Hobbs, 53, was in the throes of sepsis – an infection coursing through her veins that was causing her blood pressure to tank, her organs to fail and her breathing to flag.
"When you have a person that young who's going to die, you start thinking, 'What else can we pull out of the bag?' " said Dr. Paul Marik, who was on duty that day in the intensive care unit of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
In this case, he reached for Vitamin C.